Saturday, November 12, 2011

Banana Cream Puffs

Banana Cream Puff
I love cream puffs.  I love banana cream pie.  This is a natural merger of those two wonderful desserts.  Inside this cream puff lies a bottom layer of banana chunks mixed with vanilla pudding.  Then on top is a heap of Bavarian cream (vanilla pudding mixed with whipped cream) with the cream puff top.  A light-tasting creamy dessert.
For some reason, when I make these without the bananas, I use much smaller amounts of vanilla pudding and whipped cream.  At least, this time I used large amounts of each.  Today the recipe made 11 pretty large puffs.  Normally I make about 15-18 smaller ones.  Try this out.  Leave me a comment if you find that my proportions are way off.  I need to know. 
If you'd like to try cream puffs without the bananas, I've got that posted too.  

Banana Cream Puffs


Ingredients



  • 1 pkg (5.1 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups milk 
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 largish bananas, cut into about 1/4 inch chunks
  • Powdered sugar for garnish

Instructions
1. Bring water and butter to a boil.  Add the flour all at once & stir vigorously until it forms a ball.  Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally.
2.  When water-butter-flour mixture is cool, beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth each time. Scrape into a gallon-size plastic storage bag.  Snip off about ½” of one corner to make a pastry bag. 
3.  Preheat oven to 450°F.  Chill the bowl and whisk attachment of a standing mixer, or other mixing bowl and beaters.
4.  Squeeze out blobs that are about 3 tablespoons worth of the paste onto two parchment-lined baking sheets.  (More paste for larger puffs, less for smaller puffs)  Blobs should be at least 2 inches apart.
Cream puff just out of oven
6.  Move puffs to wire racks.  Poke each one with a toothpick or a sharp knife to allow steam to escape.  Once cool, cut each puff horizontally in the middle and gently remove membrane-looking insides.

5.  Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes—then turn oven down to 350°F for 15-20 minutes, or until well-puffed and light brown.
7.  In a medium sized bowl, whisk together milk and pudding powder.  Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or more.
8. Place banana chunks in a medium sized bowl and gently stir in about a cup and a half of the pudding.
9. Pour the heavy cream into the chilled mixer bowl.  Whip on high speed until almost stiff peaks form.   Then fold the remaining pudding  into whipped cream. (Use 2/3 to all of the pudding, depending on how sweet you want your cream puffs to be.)  Do not over-mix.  
Puff interior before picking out insides

10.  Spread a layer of banana/pudding into the bottom of a puff.  Then with a spoon, scoop enough of the cream mixture into the bottom to just go over the top.  Spoon some into the top to fill in.  Return top to its puff.  
11.  Plate puffs and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Makes 12 large, 18 medium, or 24 small cream puffs. 

Banana Cream Puffs sans powdered sugar

6 comments:

  1. These turned out amazing! I didn't use the banana part, and I think in the future I would use a different recipe for stabilized whipped cream, but the flavors all came together and were very nice. I blogged about it here: http://miriinthevillage.blogspot.com/2012/03/uncle-mordis-beard.html. Thanks again!

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  2. I know some pastry recipes the flour makes all the difference, in this one would it change the outcome if I use a different brand?

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    1. I specify King Arthur because I love it and it always works great for me in any of my recipes that call for all purpose flour. Cream puffs are pretty forgiving, though, and any brand of all purpose flour will work. :)

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  3. I cant wait to try these. I may add a few drops of banana extract to the filling. I might also drizzle a wee bit of white chocolate over the top.

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    1. Sounds like a good plan. I hope you enjoy them! :)

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